May 6, 2016
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Terrorism and intelligence experts from across the Mid-Atlantic region came together for the Regional Domestic Terrorism Conference to discuss how law enforcement and homeland security professionals may counter the current threat of domestic terrorism. Hosted by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, in coordination with the New Jersey Regional Intelligence Academy, the inaugural event provided a forum for various organizations from Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey, and Maryland to report on the terrorist threats that exist in the United States and their jurisdictions.
“Over the last year, intelligence agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic have been meeting to discuss our current threat landscape and to share information on domestic violent extremists,” said Dr. Chris Rodriguez, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. “Our efforts to keep all of our citizens safe and secure are dependent on the intelligence sharing and relationship building facilitated by these conferences.”
Participants included distinguished speakers from The Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Center on Cyber & Homeland Security, the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, Maryland University’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism, the New York Police Department, West Point’s Counterterrorism Center, and fusion center representatives from New York and Maryland.
“Domestic extremists are not constrained by state-lines or jurisdictional boundaries. Therefore, in order to better understand our current threat landscape, law enforcement and intelligence agencies need to look beyond state borders and begin thinking about how political and cultural trends—both here and abroad—motivate individuals or groups to conduct violence,” said Rosemary Martorana, Director of Intelligence at the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
This conference was limited to law enforcement and intelligence agencies; however, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness will be hosting an unclassified webinar on Tuesday, May 17 at 2pm to discuss the conference findings.